Death toll rises to nine in collapsed Lagos school building

15 March, 2019, 04:57 | Author: Sue Mclaughlin
  • Nigeria 12 killed in Lagos school building collapse

Adeshina Tiamiyu, general manager of the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency, said that the agency had recorded one death so far in the disaster, and had rescued almost 50 people.

A few hundred people watched from nearby as an excavator dug through the remains of the debris. In the crowd, a baby cried.

"The building is not technically a school, it is a residential building that was actually accommodating an illegal school, so to speak, on the second floor", he said.

"We equally told the state government to carry out integrity test on more structures in the area, but due to lack of political will, nothing was done by the government", pointing out that the incessant building collapses being recorded in Lagos Island, is due to the peculiarity of the local developers who are not professionals. But the crowd quieted as others were pulled out and slung over people's shoulders, unmoving.

The children were hurried to ambulances.

Local people attend the scene after a building collapsed in Lagos, Nigeria, Thursday March 14, 2019.

More equipment was brought in as nightfall approached.

Earlier, Ibrahim Farinloye, coordinator of the National Emergency Management Agency in Nigeria's southwest region, also said it was hard to give accurate casualty figures as the rescue operation, which he coordinated, was still ongoing.

Despite efforts to renovate the area, a large number of buildings remain abandoned or in a state of disrepair which have been taken over by families or businesses, despite being dilapidated and unsafe.

Reno Omokri, ‪a former aide to ex-President Goodluck Jonathan, has blamed President Muhammadu Buhari for failing to act over the collapse of a three-storeyed building, which left many dead in Ita Faji area of Lagos Island on Wednesday.

Watch the latest 'Avengers: Endgame' trailer
Playing on an ample amount of hope and urgency, the new Avengers: Endgame trailer puts fans on the edge of their seat. The Avengers have assembled-and maybe for the last time.

California Gov. Gavin Newsom Announces Death Penalty Moratorium
Voter efforts failed in 2012 and 2016, and voters approved a measure past year to speed up the time from conviction to execution. California's death row is crowded with inmates, many of whom have been there for decades.

Leaving Neverland: Who Was Michael Jackson's Maid, Blanca Francia?
Michael's brothers, Tito and Marlon, along with his nephew, Taj, also talked with E! about why Janet Jackson has remained silent. The museum has previously released renderings of the building's design, which feature an image of Jackson on the exterior.

"All those trapped have been evacuated and the rescue operation has ended", he told AFP.

She was taken to the General Hospital, where she died after efforts by the medicals to save her proved abortive.

"Landlords who convert residential buildings to commercial purposes should be sanctioned".

The party called on relevant regulatory authorities across the country to do all necessary to prevent a reoccurrence of such incident. "May God grant everyone affected by this sad incident fortitude and succor", Buhari said.

The collapsed building is in the Ita-faji area of Lagos island, which was the original heart of the lagoon city before it expanded onto the mainland.

Esinlokun, while speaking with journalists, said the Lagos State Government would ensure that victims of the incident are treated free.

School bags, toys and clothes were among the piles of rubble as a bulldozer tried to clear a path through the wreckage.

Earlier in the day, anxious onlookers stood in narrow streets and on rooftops of rusted, corrugated metal, watching the rescue efforts.

Emotional, a number of shirtless men jumped in to offer assistance, hacksaws and mallets in hand.

Recommended:



Popular

Beto O'Rourke arrives in Iowa hours after announcing 2020 run
Ending his announcement video in momentous terms, O'Rourke said, "We are truly now, more than ever, the last great hope of Earth". President Trump campaigned hard for Cruz, lobbing attacks against O'Rourke as he campaigned in the Lone Star State.

IDF strikes Gaza after rocket fire on Tel Aviv area
Israeli security officials told Breitbart News the Israeli defense establishment was taken by surprise by the rocket attacks. A Hamas official told the The Times of Israel that the terror group "has no interest in an escalation" with Israel.

Jussie Smollett Appears In Court Over Hate Crime Attack
Actor Jussie Smollett (C) and team arrive for a court hearing at the Leighton Criminal Courthouse on March 12, 2019 in Chicago . Gloria Schmidt , the attorney for the brothers allegedly involved in the incident, was also seated in the courtroom.

Lori Loughlin Reportedly Loses Job Following College Admissions Scandal
It is now unknown whether or not Olivia will be expelled from University of Southern California , where she is now enrolled. Giannulli founded the Mossimo brand with $100,000 borrowed from his father, according to the Hollywood Reporter .

Facebook & Instagram Experiencing Worldwide Outages
Facebook is now down with people all around the globe having difficulty accessing the world's largest social network. Facebook and Instagram applications are shown on the screen of an iPhone in Zagreb, Croatia, April 9, 2012.

Boston investigators had different case, then college scheme came up
According to the AP news agency, the documents say a co-operating witness met with Huffman and husband Macy at their home in LA. He was charged Tuesday along with almost 50 other people and faces conspiracy to commit mail fraud and money laundering counts.

Kansas City Chiefs: How new safety Tyrann Mathieu fits into defense
Quarterback Patrick Mahomes offered a quick reaction to the addition of the Pro Bowl player, also known as the Honey Badger. Conor Orr is writing up grades for every major National Football League free agency signing here.

Odell Beckham Jr. trade discussions are ongoing with Giants
Do you think the Browns got the better of it? Beckham is expected to request an upgraded contract with the Browns. The news was so shocking, even the reporter who broke the news needed to clarify he was telling the truth.

Freeda Foreman Dead At 42
According to a LinkedIn page under her name, Freeda was studying criminal justice at Sam Houston State University . George Foreman , 70, became famous as an Olympic gold medal victor and two-time world heavyweight champion.

Suspect in Kim Jong Nam assassination freed after charges dropped
Kim Jong Nam was murdered two years ago at Kuala Lumpur International Airport in Malaysia with VX nerve agent , a chemical weapon. They were the only suspects in custody after four North Korean suspects fled the country the same morning Mr Kim was killed.